Infection rates in Telford and Wrekin stay level
The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin continues to remain stable, the latest weekly figures show.
For the third week running, the number of new cases has been between 49 and 60.
The borough infection rate continues to remain lower than the regional and national average.
Local health leaders are urging caution ahead of Easter and asking people to be sensible in following the rules.
For the week ending 28 March, the COVID-19 situation in the borough is:
• 49 Covid-19 cases were reported
• This is an 18% decrease compared with last week's total of 60 cases
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 27 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 60 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 53 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• Zero people in the borough have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the past two weeks (the total borough deaths remains at 256)
• There were six people diagnosed with Covid-19 in Telford and Shrewsbury hospitals, as of 28 March
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: "It is only because of months of sacrifice and effort from them that restrictions are being eased, so I must say a big thank you to our residents.
"This Easter, we will be able to meet outdoors and enjoy some sunshine with others while following the rule of six.
"But we must be sensible and cautious.
"We still need to follow restrictions to keep people safe.
"I must stress that we should not be meeting people indoors. Also, please continue to minimise travel and stay local."
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: "Now that infection rates in Telford and Wrekin are low, we can expect our cases to slightly fluctuate from week to week.
"Looking at the past three weeks, we can see the number of new cases we have is levelling out.
"It is pleasing that rates in Telford and Wrekin remain low, and lockdown restrictions are being eased as planned.
"If we continue to play our part in following the rules, we will reduce the spread of the virus and stay on track to ease restrictions."